It all started in 1926 when…
Case Western Reserve University (formerly known as Western Reserve University) opened a settlement house and called it University Settlement. Hence the ‘University’ and ‘Settlement’. Since then, University Settlement has gone through many changes including serving as a settlement house, an assisted living center, and at one point owned nearly 50 properties in the area. The past 90 years have been a series of learning how to adapt to meet the current needs of the community. There is one thing for sure, serving the residents of the Broadway-Slavic Village area has always been at the forefront of our mission.
The history of University Settlement is a long one, but we are most excited about our future.
What do we do?
We strengthen families and provide resources to help with family preservation
We provide educational programs for youth to address learning gaps
We assist community residents with our food pantry programs
We improve seniors’ quality of life with wellness programs
We educate about financial literacy and employability skills
Meet the Team
Earl Pike - Executive Director
Earl Pike began working as University Settlement's Executive Director in January, 2018. Prior to this he worked as a consultant to many local and national nonprofits, and spent over 10 years as the CEO of the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland. Earl specializes in strategic planning, fundraising, grant writing, advocacy/public policy, and change management. He has experience as a NIH researcher in the area of health disparities, and teaches a class at John Carroll University on Strategic
Planning and Nonprofit Strategy.
Patty Gullian has dedicated 30 years to University Settlement and currently serves as the Director of Program Services. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Psychology from Cleveland State University and is a licensed social worker. Patty began her career in the nonprofit sector at what is now known at the Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland.
Julia DiBaggio joined in 2018. She has a history of helping communities at Cleveland-based community development corporations and social services agencies. Julia brings over ten years of nonprofit experience to in fund development, community engagement, and organizing events. Julia has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from Cleveland State University.
Jalene Pardon started with University Settlement in 2016. Prior to her working here, she worked as the Co-Director at Shaker Square Area Development Corporation (SHAD), and previously was an Accountant at East Side Catholic Center & Shelter. She has a Master’s in Business Administration and Accounting from Jones International University.